Explore the traditional Ancient Hindu system of medicine, which uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. In Sanskrit, ayur means life or living, and veda means knowledge...
Ayurveda is India’s traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translated means "science of life" or "practices of longevity."
Uniqueness of Individuals
Ayurveda views each and every person as unique, with a unique mind-body constitution and a unique set of life circumstances, all of which must be considered in determining either natural healing approaches or recommendations for daily living. This view is in alignment with the modern science which views individuals as unique in the universe with a unique DNA.
According to Ayurveda, because we each have a unique constitution, our health prescription must be unique to us. This means that in order to be healthy, you need to eat certain foods that are beneficial for your body type and stay away from others. Your exercise program must be personally suitable as well. Your constitution determines very much about you - your body, your personality, even how you relate to other people. Understanding it lets you know what you need in order to be healthy.
Ayurvedic diagnosis, is not merely knowing about the symptoms of the disease, but it includes - to find out the root cause of the disease. It includes finding out the imbalance of doshas (vatta, pitta, kapha), blockage of channels, improper functioning of the dhatus, improper functioning of various cleaning or excretory system (mala), determining the strength of one's digestive fire and immune system. The personal Ayurvedic constitution is also determined which helps to choose a proper medicine/treatment according to the person's constitution.
The Body Constitution
Every living and non living entity in this universe is composed of five basic components called panchmahabutas. These are Ether (sky), Air, Water, Fire and Earth. In living individuals they combine in various permutations and combinations to form Tri Doshas which form the structural and functional units of life. The human body is also composed of these three Doshas-- Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
When they stay in a state of balance in the human body, a condition of normal health prevails. On the other hand if the state of balance is disturbed quantitatively as well as qualitatively, the result is a manifestation of disease.
The quality and quantity of Doshas in a human body is decided at the time of fertilization and is individual specific and is called the Prakriti or Body type of that individual.
Pundit Roshan Singh